Le Clos Valentine
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... the hoops teachers have to jump through to
actually become a teacher in Spain, Germany, England and of course, Canada.
I had a good time in Toulouse, I really liked the feel of
the city. It was nice, clean, young and had a cute little downtown area. In fact,
the reason why it is nicknamed la ville rose is because of the pinkish terracotta
bricks that the buildings there are made out of.
The next morning we woke up and caught our next train to
... wouldn't put a m*********** in my student budget. I already had the time, what was holding me back? I just needed a partner in crime...enter Hannah Taylor. Already in Lyon, France as an English Assistant and with two weeks free at the end of October, it was fate. And, as if by magic, we managed to find flights arriving and departing Norway within 45 minutes of each other.
As it turns out, Norway happened to be the cheapest flight we could find. I ...
... and other fish I have never even heard of. Same goes for the cheese, there are so many different varieties that we just don't get in Australia. I then walked around the city centre, which was very busy being Saturday. For lunch, I found a wonderful cafe near the market. I figured it must be good because all the locals were eating there. So I treated myself to a typically long French lunch with wine, and realised why the French eat dinner so late. They are recovering from lunch!! ...
... melted goat's cheese, with salad, then I had a main of duck with vegetables, and for dessert creme caramel. The next day we picked up the car and travelled towards the Pyrenees, choosing the small highways then small winding roads through the mountains, past empty ski fields with their chair lifts crisscrossing the road and disappearing up the mountain slopes. We passed through lots of tiny villages which had most of their accomodation and restaurants closed for the off season. ...
... prepared to leave the boat early in the morning.
A special note:
Plane trees have lined the Canal du Midi for 200 years, Tragically, the trees are infected with an incurable fungus (presumably from World War II American munitions boxes), and over the next few years all 42,000 trees will have to be cut down. This process has already begun, and trees marked with huge Xs are almost as sad ...